Benicia, California, has been awarded $146,340 to replace approximately 220 existing streetlights with energy efficient streetlight fixtures. The funding award is from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program and is locally administered by the California Energy Commission. The city of Benicia plans to test and evaluate energy efficient streetlight fixtures that use LED and induction technology.
“We are viewing this installation as benchmark for the future,” said Nathaniel Rankin, public works superintendent for the city of Benicia. Rankin stated that the city will be installing both LED streetlight fixtures as well as induction fixtures in order to compare and analyze the performance of both technologies. LED fixtures will replace existing high pressure sodium (HPS) cobra head streetlights. Induction fixtures will be tested on existing shoebox, acorn and tear drop style streetlights.
Initial energy savings calculations show that the LED streetlight fixtures will reduce energy consumption by approximately 55 percent. Additional savings are anticipated from reduced maintenance. Deployment of energy efficient streetlights align with the city’s long term climate action plan.
“Before we put this project out to bid, we will continue to look at standards and specifications for energy efficient streetlights,” said Rankin. The request for proposals (RFP) is still being formalized, but is expected to be issued within the next several months. The project RFP will be publicized in trade publications and on the city of Benicia website.